Amy Munsterman, a recently graduated and licensed chiropractic practitioner, has opened a new practice in Aberdeen, Legacy Chiropractic.
Her office, which has been treating patients since December 16, is at Sixth Avenue SE 221, Suite 3. The building has a chiropractic history and was once home to Ivey Chiropractic. After Thomas Ivey retired, TJ Johnson took over the company and named it Living Life Chiropractic.
Johnson died in October at the age of 38.
The name Legacy Chiropractic came to Munsterman while pondering the history of the building.
“I wanted to reflect the history of the clinic. I know Dr. Ivey his grandpa practiced, so he’s a third generation chiropractor. So it’s been 90 years of chiropractic, which is actually pretty impressive because the profession has only been around for 125 years. This will capture his three-generation legacy and the legacy of TJ, ”said Munsterman.
In addition to having a chiropractic history, the building also has Munsterman’s family.
Amy Munsterman is the daughter of Scott Munsterman, who owned his own practice in Brookings. Her Uncle Chad is also a chiropractor in Brookings and owns MY Chiropractic.
It wasn’t until her junior year in high school that Amy Munsterman realized that chiropractic could be a career for her.
“I grew up doing chiropractic, but I didn’t think about it or learn anything about it until I was junior high school. I played hockey for about 10 years and got a concussion in my junior year. My father and my uncle treated me. I went through a whole review process instead of just sitting on the table at home and adjusting quickly. It was like a complete process and I thought and asked my dad, ‘What are you doing? ‘”, She said.
After graduating from high school, Munsterman enrolled at South Dakota State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree. Upon graduation, she enrolled in the Chiropractic School of Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minn.
During her undergraduate studies, Munsterman returned to her roots – exercise – and took electives to focus on exercise chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University.
“During my entire school days, I concentrated a little more on the sporting side. At school they have a human performance center so sports interns have athletes from different teams in the city. I come in to treat them and work with the vacuum and the massages and all of that, ”she said.
While she took on an athletic focus at school, Munsterman has not yet started seeing athletes in Aberdeen. However, she hopes this will change once she gains more experience.
“I’m new so I’ll work my way into it,” she said.
While she was in school, Munsterman had little to no interest in owning her own practice. That changed in her last trimester.
“After doing my internships, I found that I had a vision of what I wanted to do and how a practice should be and how I would like to treat people,” she said. “Towards the end of the last trimester, I realized, ‘Yeah, I don’t know if I want to connect and I think I’d rather be my own boss.”
After graduation, Munsterman explored different areas including Brookings and Sioux Falls but decided against both options and found an opportunity in Aberdeen.
“When that came up, it was like, ‘OK, that’s realistic, here’s an opportunity if that’s something you really want to do.’ It came quickly, ”she said.
At Legacy Chiropractic, Munsterman works on muscles, performs chiropractic adjustments, cupping, instrument-based soft tissue mobilization, and rehabilitation exercises. In the future she would like to be certified in acupuncture.
In practice, Munsterman is the only practicing licensed chiropractor. She looks forward to meeting the Aberdeen community.
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